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Violence Policy Center's misleading concealed carry study
VSSA
The Violence Policy Center comes out with a study each year that purports to show concealed carry permit holders are dangerous. The New York Times recently editorialized about the latest study in the usual fawning manner they do with anything having to do with gun control. Even if VPC's number of 722 "nonself-defense" deaths caused by 544 concealed carry permit holders were correct, you would still be talking an infinitesimal percentage of the estimated 11 million permit holders in the country. But, as Bob Owens over at BearingArms.com points out, there are a lot of caveats that go with the particular incidents VPC includes in their study
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Virginia legislative update
VSSA
Feb. 10 was the last day that the General Assembly could take up bills from the house of origin. All surviving bills have now crossed over and VSSA is happy to report that not a single gun control measure made it out of the House of Delegates or the State Senate. That is a massive smack down to Gov. Terry McAuliffe who made gun control a major part of his 2015 legislative agenda.
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Ladies-only classes big hit at local range
VSSA
A recent WTVR-TV report on the rise of female gun ownership and the popular "ladies only" training classes at the Colonial Shooting Academy noted recent Gallup Poll numbers that show 23 percent of all women own a gun, a 10 percent jump over a six-year period. Add to this a new National Shooting Sports Foundation report highlighted at the 2015 SHOT Show that over a third of women in the study were new gun owners and had purchased their first firearm within the last three years. But none of this is really news to VSSA.
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Amendment affecting Northern Virginia Gun Club pulled
VSSA
VSSA received word from its lobbyist that the Senate budget amendment that would have had an adverse impact on the operation of the Northern Virginia Gun Club has been withdrawn. We will know for sure when the final Senate budget is announced but the fact it has been announced to the press is a very good sign.
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Gun show floor amendment to budget defeated in House
VSSA
On Feb. 12, Delegate David Toscano proposed an amendment to the House budget that would have provided money for private sellers to use the state police to conduct voluntary background checks on firearms they sell at gun shows. The amendment failed on a vote of 35-63.
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So can people purchase from FFLs out of state now?
Shall Not Be Questioned
Despite the recent ruling, I'm fairly certain that most Federal Firearm Licensees are not going to sell to out of state buyers until they have guidance from ATF telling them it's OK to do so. I don't know whether that guidance will be forthcoming, and the government is almost certain to appeal the ruling and ask the Court of Appeals to stay the judges injunction until the appeals court rules. So celebrate, because we did win a victory, but don't run off to a neighboring state to buy a handgun just yet.
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Federal ban on magazine capacities introduced
The Shooter's Log
When anti-gun lawmakers have no hope of reinstating the "assault weapons ban," they still find ways to kick gun owners in the gut. Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty, D-Connecticut, who represents Newtown, Connecticut, recently introduced a bill called the Large Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device Act "to prohibit the transfer or possession of large capacity ammunition feeding devices, and for other purposes." The act defines "large capacity" as any magazine holding more than 10 rounds.
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Top 5 underrated rifle cartidges
American Rifleman
When you consider those "Charlie-in-the-box" cartridges that have been pushed aside by their more famous counterparts, here are the five most underrated rifle cartridges of all time.
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Sweeping sportsmen's legislation reform package introduced to Congress
Guns.com
Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, debuted legislation into a Republican-dominated Senate to conserve wilderness while increasing hunting, fishing and shooting opportunities on public land. The measure, termed the Bipartisan Sportsmen's Act of 2015, was introduced Feb. 5 with sponsors from both sides of the aisle in an effort to enact broad reform over everything from allowing guns on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-controlled land to increasing migratory bird habitat.
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Shotguns: 12-gauge home defenders
Personal Defense World via The Daily Caller
Few guns conjure up as much folklore and cliché as the shotgun. A longtime staple among those serious about home defense, it shares an equal-sized crowd of uncertain or fearful onlookers. Shotguns are loud, heavy and big. These three things have kept many people from adopting this venerable classic to defend their castle. But shotguns are a solid choice for home protection for a variety of reasons.
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The .30 Carbine: A light but useful cartridge
By John McAdams
Designed by Winchester for the military in the early 1940s, the .30 Carbine cartridge was designed to be "more than a pistol, but less than a rifle." Used by the United States military in World War II, Korea and Vietnam, the .30 Carbine also became very popular among civilian hunters and shooters. Though it is a great cartridge under the appropriate conditions, the .30 Carbine is probably one of the most underrated light rifle cartridges in the United States.
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Chris Cheng — Proper trigger pull and dry fire practice
Bearing Arms
VideoBrief Top Shot Champion Chris Cheng demonstrates for beginners how to execute a proper trigger pull and introduces dry fire practice.
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Suppressor Q&A: Point of impact shift
Gun Digest
Many shooters express concerns with POI, or Point of Impact, shift when using a suppressor. Unfortunately, a lot of people aren't 100 percent sure what that is, even though it's a very simple concept. At a high level, POI shift is simply the shift of the bullet when a suppressor is installed. It's typically measured in MOA (Minute of Angle); so a POI shift of 2 MOA would indicate a 2-inch shift at 100 yards, 4-inch at 200 yards, etc.
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VSSA membership and Legislative Alerts
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Keep the information flowing! Go to www.myvssa.org and join or renew your VSSA membership. VSSA is the NRA state affiliate, since 1938. Please encourage your gun owning friends and family to join!

David Adams
Legislative Director
Virginia Shooting Sports Association

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VideoBrief Jerry Miculek can do things that we only thought possible in the realm of video games, including "quick-scoping" a target 1,000 yards away in just over two seconds.
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